Please join us for a colloquium being given by Adia Wingfield, Professor of Sociology at Washington University in St. Louis.
Professional Work in a ‘Post-Racial’ Era: Black Health Care Workers in the New Economy
The research that is the basis for the talk is a study of how economic and organizational changes to work specifically impact black professionals. One major recent change is that many organizations now state their commitment to and interest in creating a more diverse workforce, yet research shows they rarely do this in ways that tangibly change the numbers of women of all races and minority men at the top levels of organizations. Part of my project investigates the consequences of this paradox for black professionals in high status occupations. Though the research focuses specifically on the health care industry, my findings and conclusions have broad implications for black workers in a variety of professional occupations, as many other industries wrestle with this stated desire for more diversity even while they shed the organizational resources that would enable this to occur. In this presentation, I discuss the consequences of this issue for black professionals and consider how organizations can pursue more effective avenues for change.